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vrijdag 12 januari 2018

Meeting Sophia

CES 2018 kicked off on January 9. CES is the Consumer Electronics Show, an international event that takes place every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s the place where you can see the most fabulous innovations. Zoe Kleinman of the BBC interviewed one of the amazing inventions on display.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to relate with empathy - to listen to someone and respond in a way that shows that you understand what they are experiencing or feeling
  • to get some flack - to get some strong criticism
  • comprehension - ability to understand
  • personality - attractive qualities (such as energy, friendliness, and humor) that make someone interesting or pleasant to be with
  • profound - having or showing great knowledge or understanding
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Who or what is Sophia?

  2. Does Zoe like her job?

  3. According to Sophia, what’s the problem with the future?

Extra writing and/or speaking assignment
Think of 3 other questions to ask Sophia.
Write them down.
Alternatively, do a roleplay with a classmate. One of you is Sophia, the other one is the interviewer.
The interviewer interviews Sophia.
Switch roles.

Bonus listening assignment
You can find out more about Sophia in the following video. This is for more advanced students of English.

  1. How does Steve feel about interviewing Sophia?

  2. What answer does Sophia give when she doesn’t know something?

  3. Has Sophia seen “Black Mirror”?

vrijdag 15 december 2017

2017 Word of the Year (One of Them)

Collins Dictionary have announced their 2017 Word of the Year.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to reverse - to change the direction of something things so that they go the other way around
  • fact check - a check that the facts of a story are correct
  • to claim - to say that something is true even when you cannot prove it
  • bat - a small animal like a mouse, but with wings; it flies at night
  • truthful - telling or expressing the truth
  • to go on strike - to stop work because you want things at work to change
  • afraid of heights - afraid when you are in high places like a tower or mountains
  • news anchor - someone who reads the news on a television broadcast
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. The news anchors start by practicing reading several headlines.
    Copy 3 of these headlines.

  2. Explain what this sentence means:
    “The nation relies on me to read truthful facts.”

  3. What is Collins Dictionary’s official 2017 word of the year?

Extra speaking (and writing) assignment
1. Work in groups.
2. Think of 3 other headlines for the video. Let your imagination run wild!
3. Write them down.

Extra extra speaking (and writing) assignment
1. Produce your own news show to announce Collins Dictionary’s word of the year.
2. Work in groups.
3. Write the script. Follow the format of the above video.
4. Practice your show.
5. Record your show.

vrijdag 8 december 2017

Invisible Box Challenge

Ariel Olivar is a high school cheerleader in Texas. This month, her video went viral and started a new challenge.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • invisible - impossible to see, not visible
  • to pull something off - to do something that is difficult and succeed
  • to doctor something - to change something especially in order to trick people
  • to fail in a spectacular fashion - to not succeed in a very big, impressive way
  • to flex - to bend a body part or move a muscle
  • core - central part
  • lack of athleticism - no or little ability to play sports or do physical activities well
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Explain in your own words how the challenge works.

  2. Did Ariel expect her video to go viral?

  3. Some people say Ariel is cheating. What do they think she did?

  4. Is the challenge as easy as it looks?

  5. What special skills or strengths can help you do the challenge?

Extra fun assignment
Well, what are you waiting for? Go on and do the challenge! Don’t forget to film it.

vrijdag 1 december 2017

453 x 356

Mohammad al-Mir is a Lebanese teenager. The 13-year-old has won three world titles for his super fast maths skills.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to calculate - rekenen
  • calculator - rekenmachine
  • to memorize - to learn something so well that you can remember it perfectly
  • abacus - telraam
  • to recommend - to tell someone that something is a good idea, to advise something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. How do people call Mohammed?

  2. What did Mohammed do when he was a young boy?

  3. What is Mohammed’s advice to all people?

Extra speaking assignment
1. Read the names of the mathematical symbols:
   +  plus
   -  minus
   x   times
   :   divided by
   =   equals
2. Now say Mohammed’s sum out loud in English: 453 x 356 = 161,268
3. Watch the video once more to check if you said it right.
4. Try saying other sums as well.

vrijdag 24 november 2017

New Emoji

2017 has been an exciting year for 16-year-old Rayouf.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to deal with - to work with or to handle something
  • to represent - to be a sign or symbol of something
  • headscarf - a piece of cloth worn over a woman's or girl's head
  • amazing - wonderful, very special
  • billions of people - a very large number of people
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. Why did Rayouf make the hijab emoji?

  2. What does the organization Unicode do?

  3. Name three sites where you can use the new emoji.

Extra reading assignment
Check out last year’s reading assignment about Rayouf and her emoji here or download it here (look for "Actuele leesopdracht 2, november 2016").

vrijdag 17 november 2017

Living in Paradise

Millions of leaked documents called the Paradise Papers were recently released. The Netherlands play an important role in them. Do we live in paradise?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • fancy features - special and often expensive parts
  • to cover the costs - to make enough money to pay for the costs
  • profit - money that is made in a business, like a shop
  • tax - money that people and businesses have to pay to the government and that is used to pay for the things done by the government
  • roughly 30 cents - not exactly, but more or less 30 cents
  • purchase price - amount of money someone pays for something
  • to leak - to give secret information to someone so that it becomes known to the public
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. How much money does Nike make from selling the pair of shoes in the video?
  2. Why does most of the money Nike makes go straight to their company in the Netherlands?
  3. Is it legal what Nike is doing?
  4. What do other people think about the way Nike does business?
  5. For which people are the Netherlands paradise?
Extra words assignment
Explain what the underlined words and expressions mean.
1. The girl buying the shoes says: “Hold on, is that how much they cost?”
2. Nike is far from the only company contained in them.

vrijdag 10 november 2017

Guinness World Records Day

Thursday 9 November was Guinness World Records Day. Thousands of incredible titles were broken all over the globe.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to witness - to see something happen
  • attempt - act of trying something
  • sense the energy - feel the energy
  • pushing boundaries - trying to do things that go further than people think is possible
  • frontier - limit of how far people have gone in a particular field
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. What record did Richard Browning try to set?

  2. How heavy is Richard Browning’s equipment?

  3. What did Richard have to do to set a record?
    Name two criteria.

  4. This year, Richard Browning set a record. Now he wants to smash a record.
    Explain the difference between the two underlined expressions.

  5. What are Richard Browning's plans for “the next big frontier”?

Extra words assignment
For the following words, write down a word in the video with (almost) the same meaning.
- observe
- thrilling
- pleasure
- boundary

vrijdag 3 november 2017

Catalonia

What’s going on in Spain?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • seriously considering - thinking about really doing something
  • soccer - British/European football (with 2 teams of 11 players)
  • ultimate control - final power to make decisions about how things are managed and done
  • independence - freedom from control or support of others
  • determined - very firm, not prepared to give in
  • stalemate - a situation in a game, fight or discussion in which neither side can win
  • to back down - to stop fighting for something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Explain in your own words what the following question means:
    "What if the map of Spain were to change?"

  2. Where is Catalonia located?

  3. Catalonia used to be a country. In what year did that change?

  4. Is this the first time that Catalonia tries to become independent again?

  5. What does the Spanish government want?

vrijdag 27 oktober 2017

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Gitanjali Rao won the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • contaminated - dangerously dirty
  • lead - a heavy and soft metal that has a gray color; chemical element: Pb
  • to detect - to discover or notice something that is hidden
  • detection - when you discover or identify something that is hidden
  • to dip - to put something into water (or another liquid) and pull it out again quickly
  • the whole manual part - the part that you do with your hands
  • elevated levels of lead in his blood - more lead in his blood than is normal and healthy
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How old is Gitanjali Rao?

  2. Gitanjali’s invention is called Tethys. What does Tethys do?

  3. What gave Gitanjali the idea to make Tethys?

  4. How long did it take Gitanjali to make Tethys?

  5. What good advice does Gitanjali give at the end of the video (1:58)?

Extra speaking assignment
Watch the video once more.
1. Listen carefully to Gitanjali’s explanation of Tethys. (0:19 to 0:35)
2. Take notes of the main steps.
3. Explain in your own words how to use Tethys.

donderdag 5 oktober 2017

Mount Agung

There have been a lot of natural disasters all over the world in the past month. Now another one seems to be in the make. Find out more in the video.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to lift a warning - to stop warning people about something
  • eruption - the event when rocks, ash, lava, etc. suddenly stream out of a volcano
  • to scare away - to make someone so afraid that they go away and stay away
  • residents - the people who live in a particular place
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Why are tourists staying away from Bali?

  2. How many villages are there on Bali?

  3. How many touristst visit Bali normally each week?

Extra writing and reading/listening assignment
1. Find out what the situation is on Bali now.
2. Write a short news report about this.
3. Write 75-100 words.
4. Also name the source (video or text) you used.

vrijdag 29 september 2017

World View

Find out why everybody is talking about US rapper B.o.B.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • once and for all - finally; definitely
  • to conspire - to make secret plans to do something bad or illegal
  • curve - smooth, rounded line or shape
  • proof - something which shows that something else is true or correct
  • a flurry of tweets - a lot of tweets shortly after one another
  • evidence - something which shows that something else exists or is true
  • conspiracy theory - theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by a group of people
  • to expose - to make something known, like a secret, because you believe it is wrong or illegal
  • inconsistencies - statements that are not in agreement with each other
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What does B.o.B. want to prove once and for all?

  2. Why did B.o.B. start a crowdfunding campaign? And how much money does he want to raise?

  3. What does B.o.B. think about the first moon landing?

  4. Write down the names of the B.o.B. track dissing Neil DeGrasse Tyson and of the response rap Neil released.

  5. Complete B.o.B.’s final words about the subject: “Once you go .....”.
    Explain what he means.

Extra writing assignment
1. Listen to what Adam Bozarth asks at 1:06 till 1:12.
2. Write a comment to answer his questions.
30-50 words.

Extra listening assignment
1. Listen to the raps by B.o.B. and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. You can find them on YouTube.
2. For both tracks, write a short summary of what they are about.

Extra fun assignment
Watch this video.

vrijdag 22 september 2017

Shop of the Future

A supermarket in London is the first to use a new way of paying.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • veins - the tubes that carry blood from parts of the body back to the heart
  • spree - a short period of time when you do a lot of something
  • unique - unlike anything or anyone else; being the only one of its kind
  • hassle - something that is annoying or that causes trouble
  • retail - the sale of goods to private customers
  • speedy - fast, quick
  • impulse buying - seeing something and buying it immediately, without thinking about it first
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How does the new payment method work?

  2. Explain the meaning of the underlined phrases:
    the “unique layout of your veins which is virtually impossible to fake”.

  3. What is the first rule of retail?

  4. For which sorts of people could this payment method be dangerous?
    Explain why it could be dangerous for them.

Extra writing assignment
1. Watch the video once more.
2. Make a timeline or other historical overview of payment methods.

vrijdag 15 september 2017

Last Day of Summer

Summer is definitely over. Everybody is back at school. Do you still look back and smile when you think of those long days of freedom?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • barely - hardly, almost not
  • carefree - having no worries or problems
  • exhausting - making you very tired; very busy
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Kaia says: “I barely noticed it go by.” What does this mean?
    And why did Kaia barely notice summer go by?

  2. How did Kaia usually spend the summer when she was younger?

  3. What word does Kaia use to say the opposite of “exhausting”?

Extra writing assignment
1. Write a short diary entry about your own summer.
2. Start with: Dear Diary, ...
2. Write 75-100 words.

donderdag 29 juni 2017

20 Years of Harry Potter

Last Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book. Many readers still can’t get enough of the story.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • magical phenomenon - something that is very unusual and cannot be really explained
  • prestigious - respected and admired because it is very good or important
  • defeat - win against someone in a war or fight
  • spell - secret words that have magic power
  • countless - very many; so many that you cannot count them
  • required reading - reading assignments that you have to for some classes at school
  • moan - say things in a way that makes clear that you are unhappy about stuff
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What does J.K. Rowling say about the mail she gets?

  2. How did the students at Gaffney High School first feel about reading Harry Potter books?

  3. How did they feel about the books after they started reading them?

  4. Name two or more things the students do with the Harry Potter texts in class.

  5. According to the teacher, what is the most important lesson the students can learn from reading Harry Potter?

New Food

It’s almost summer vacation. If you’re going away, you might get a chance to try some new food. Maybe like in the video?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • mealworm - a baby insect that looks like a short fat worm
  • researcher - a person who studies something carefully and tries to discover new facts about it
  • leftovers - food that has not been eaten at a meal
  • meatballs - small balls of chopped or ground meat
  • ground up meat - meat that is cut into small pieces with the help of a special machine
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What kind of food are the researchers looking at?

  2. "It's a chocolate cake that might make you feel queasy."
    Can you guess what the underlined word means? Write your guess down.
    Next, look up the word in a dictionary.

  3. Listen to words that describe taste. Write down 3 or more of them.

  4. Why are the researchers experimenting with this kind of food?

  5. What does Vitalii Lynets think of this food.
    Do you think he's right? Explain your answer.